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March 28, 1977

The Child With Congenital Heart Disease After Surgery

JAMA. 1977;237(13):1379-1380. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270400083036

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This excellent volume brings together the papers presented at the 1975 Ontario Heart Foundation Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease. The book, divided into three sections, consists of contributions from outstanding physicians and surgeons knowledgeable in the care of the child with heart disease. Part 1 interweaves anatomical descriptions with surgical approaches to common as well as uncommon defects. There is extensive discussion of the tetralogy of Fallot and transposition of the great vessels, with special attention to the repair of these defects in early infancy. Additionally, the surgical problems of complex lesions (atrioventricular canal, tricuspid atresia, and single ventricle) are presented. Corrective and palliative procedures are analyzed from functional, anatomical, and hemodynamic perspectives.

Part 2 continues the review of operative results and focuses on modes for evaluating these results. The authors consider the conventional investigative methods—ECGs, cardiac catheterization, and exercise testing—and also emphasize newer techniques. The chapters concerned with electrophysiology,